History Professor’s New Book Takes First Scholarly Look at Role of Junior Officers in Vietnam

Only a few months after 2nd Lt. William Calley apologized for his role in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War, a new book by a Texas Tech University history professor attempts to set the record straight on the role of junior officers during the conflict.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

Only a few months after 2nd Lt. William Calley apologized for his role in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War, a new book by a Texas Tech University history professor attempts to set the record straight on the role of junior officers during the conflict.

“Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War” focuses on the role of platoon leaders, said author and Vietnam combat veteran Ron Milam. Also, it debunks the conventional wisdom created by the investigation of the massacre and anti-war movement propaganda that junior officers were poorly trained, unmotivated and guilty of atrocious behavior.

The book is published by the University of North Carolina Press.

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